- predictably, since haynes has been acquired by a company called infopro digital, future haynes manuals will be available only as downloads, not as printed books.
- the good news is that if there’s a paper manual for a vehicle available now, you’ll still be able to buy one in the future, as these titles will remain in print.
- haynes says it's working on a "new automotive maintenance and repair product” that will cover more makes and models than the current catalog can offer.
if you’re a regular user of haynes printed vehicle repair manuals, 2021 will mark the end of an era. starting next year, all new haynes manuals will be available in digital format only. don’t freak out just yet, though, since the company’s current catalog of printed titles will remain available.
this isn't exactly a sad surprise. as modern vehicles add more and more electronics, shade-tree mechanics are not able to apply all of the lessons they learned working on a 1980 ford bronco to a 2021 model. also, haynes was acquired by infopro digital back in april and said at the time that the goal was "to create a leading global information services provider in the automotive industry." considering it's owned by a company with digital in its name, we had an inkling things would head in this direction. finally, haynes already offers a plethora of online manuals available piecemeal or included in an all access subscription for $399 a year (or $34.99 a month) for the cars, trucks, and suvs section.
haynes is eagerly making clear that it’s not totally exiting the paper-products game. "it's not the end of the road for haynes—we are embarking on an exciting new journey," the company said on twitter. “contrary to reports, haynes is not stopping printing manuals. whilst we will no longer publish new print workshop manuals, we will continue to print and publish our huge back catalogue."
work isn’t stopping on new products, either, even if they end up being digital instead of print. "embracing john haynes's philosophy, we are currently in the process of creating a new automotive maintenance and repair product that covers around 95 percent of car makes and models—an increase of around 40 percent over our current workshop manual coverage," the company said. "far from being the end of the road, we are ensuring that haynes will continue well into the 21st century."
the company’s faq needs a bit of updating, though. there, haynes still says it will continue to "aggressively" market updated and new printed titles. then there’s this: "many customers are choosing the best of both formats and purchasing a print and online manual together!" not anymore they’re not, but if you need one last book for the year, haynes has made it easy to decide which one to get: haynes explains christmas. first published in 2017, this book is described as a "lighthearted and entertaining take on the classic workshop manual” and it “takes the reader through all areas of christmas, giving all the hints and tips needed to make the entire festive period run smoothly."